* Switzerland Adopts Several Maritime Conventions Switzerland adopted four conventions developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to enhance the protection of the marine environment. Switzerland has adopted the next conventions: – Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention – the 2001 International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage – the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments – and the 2011 International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * India & Mauritius Negotiate New DTA India and Mauritius have completed a further round of negotiations towards a new Double Tax Agreement (DTA). ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * Andorra Extends TIEA Network Andorra approved the signature of new Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) with the Czech Republic and South Korea. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * WTO Statistics Database Updated The World Trade Organization (WTO) updated its 2011 database on world merchandise trade. Please check the Statistics Database here. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * New WTO Members: Russia and Vanuatu On 22 August 2012, Russia becomes the 156th WTO member and Vanuatu will join the WTO on 24 August as its 157th member. More here.